What is Artfunkle? It's a mobile art studio, aiming to make art accessible for everyone. We can come to you and set up your very own studio alternatively book a workshop in our brand new studio in Dungannon. It's a fun way to spend a couple of hours with old friends or making new ones, forget your problems and immerse yourself in the moment. We use the medium of art to promote positive mental health. It's a fun way of getting in touch with your creative side - don't worry, it's in there and we'll help you find it.
Artfunkle know's that everyone has an inner artist and we aim to make our workshops fun and relaxed to bring out the artist in YOU! For us it's all about the experience and the "feel good factor" so we don't do fine art- our art is for fun and enjoyment.
Once you pick up that brush and start, I promise, you won't want to put it down again.
Artfunkle is owned and run by Leon Hughes, based in Dungannon but work throughout Northern Ireland delivering arts and crafts workshops and programmes. Leon has over 20 years youth work and teaching experience. She has always had a love for arts and crafts and upcycling, she combines these skills and experience to create fun, interactive and non judgmental workshops that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Artfunkle caters for all age groups providing a range of arts and crafts activities for customers such as Education Authority, Mid Ulster Council, Southern Health and Trust, Youth Clubs, Community Groups, Schools and After Schools Clubs
A Note From Leon
Hi, I’m Leon (Hughes) founder of Artfunkle, an arts based business based in Dungannon but working throughout Northern Ireland. The main concept of my workshops are making art fun and accessible for everyone, I can set up a mobile studio at your premises or I can host events at my workshop.
I’ve always loved creating and making things from items that no longer have a purpose. I collect boxes of stuff that “I could use for something”, I don’t like wasting or throwing things out-my husband calls it hoarding lol. I use acrylic paint for all my workshops but the sessions can vary widely from canvas painting, clay making (keyrings, magnets, seasonal themed decorations) craft based activities, wooden signs, wishing trees with individually created clay decorations etc
I deliver one off workshops, programmes of varied lengths and bespoke programmes based on a specific need or issue. I run public events for children and cater for birthday parties. I also run Paint and Sip evenings for adults, a great social evening with lots of laughter, a guaranteed good night’s fun.
I have a grown a wide customer base with clients from the youth service, local councils, local schools, youth clubs, community organisations and businesses. I have over 24 years of youth work and teaching experience, and I utilise these skills into the delivery of workshops and programmes, in particular, using art to discuss issues such as bullying, body image and to promote positive mental health as this is such a prominent issue in Northern Ireland.
Workshops and programmes can be tailored to the needs of the group and are delivered in a relaxed and interactive manner with a focus on participant engagement by using a range of mediums. Previous group pieces have been based on International Women’s Day, Health and Wellbeing and Young People’s Experiences of Covid 19.